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Crap From The Past - Bonus: The Last Day of WLOL/Minneapolis, February 26, 1991


Published February 26, 1991


This is the last ten hours (minus one) of 99.5 WLOL-FM/Minneapolis on February 26, 1991, taped off the air on cassettes and reassembled into convenient one-hour segments.


Date 1991-02-26


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This is the last ten hours (minus one) of 99.5 WLOL-FM/Minneapolis on February 26, 1991, taped off the air on cassettes and reassembled into convenient one-hour segments.

WLOL had been a top 40 radio station in Minneapolis from 1981-1991. The station was sold to Minnesota Public Radio, and the entire WLOL staff was laid off. They went out in style, and their last day on the air was spectacular. Beginning at 8 AM, the station devoted one hour to the music of a particular year, for each of the 10 years they were on the air. At 6 PM, once they finished with the music of 1990, they played their legendary WLOL montage, which would traditionally air at the stroke of midnight on New Years Eve. After the montage, a message from the program director, and "Miss You Much", the station went dark for a half hour. At 7 PM, it started playing music without live jocks for a period, then signed off with Prince's "1999" fading out. This is the complete 10-hour last day, complete with both sign-offs. Now THAT's the way to flip formats!

The one-hour segments were stitched together from 45-minute blocks, with song portions spliced in to cover the breaks in switching cassettes. The pitch was corrected as well as possible, based on a comparison of BPM with known BPMs from various CDs. There is one unusually painful splice ("I Wanna Dance With Somebody"), but on the whole, this technique worked nicely. I think that from the mid-'80s on, the music was on carts, which were tape-based and may have had pitch variations from machine to machine. Basically, I got as close as I could, assuming that they didn't deliberately play their music too fast.

8-9 AM - 1981 - recorded by Ron Gerber on Maxell XLII-90 cassette with Dolby C NR; pitch corrected; played on Tascam deck at KFAI, September 2002; splice at "Boy From New York City"

9-10 AM - 1982 - recorded by Ron Gerber on Maxell XLII-90 cassette with Dolby C NR; pitch corrected; played on Tascam deck at KFAI, September 2002; splice at "Mickey" and "Don't Fight It"

10-11 AM - 1983 - recorded by Ron Gerber on Maxell XLII-90 cassette with Dolby C NR; pitch corrected; played on Tascam deck at KFAI, September 2002; splice at "Beat It"

11-11:30 AM - 1984 - recorded by Ron Gerber on Maxell XLII-90 cassette with Dolby C NR; pitch corrected; played on Tascam deck at KFAI, September 2002; tape ran out at 11:30 during "Against All Odds"

11:30 AM-12:30 PM - recorded by Susan R from Rochester, MN; supplied to RG as mp3; telescoped (If you've got this material in un-telescoped form, please contact Ron at crapfromthepast.com)

12:30-1 PM - 1985 - recorded by Mike L from Bloomington, MN; supplied to RG on CD-R; pitch corrected by RG; splice at "Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone)" occurs during a talk break

1-2 PM - 1986 - recorded by Mike L from Bloomington, MN; supplied to RG on CD-R; pitch corrected by RG; splice at "Wild Horses"

2-3 PM - 1987 - recorded by Mike L from Bloomington, MN; supplied to RG on CD-R; pitch corrected by RG; painful splice at "I Wanna Dance With Somebody"

3-4 PM - 1988 - recorded by Mike L from Bloomington, MN; supplied to RG on CD-R; pitch corrected by RG; splice at "Sweet Child O' Mine"

4-5 PM - 1989 - recorded by Mike L from Bloomington, MN, supplied to RG on CD-R, pitch corrected by RG; transitions at beginning of "Call It Love" to portion recorded by Mike M from Mankato, MN on Maxell UDS-II 90 cassette with Dolby C NR, pitch corrected, played on Technics RS-DC8 Digital Compact Cassette Deck, August 2013

5-6 PM - 1990 - recorded by Mike M from Mankato, MN on Maxell UDS-II 90 cassette with Dolby C NR, pitch corrected, played on Technics RS-DC8 Digital Compact Cassette Deck, August 2013; portion used to cover the "tape flip" during "Love In An Elevator" was recorded by Mike L from Bloomington, MN, supplied to RG on CD-R, pitch corrected by RG, transition to portion recorded by Ron Gerber at "Cradle Of Love"

6-6:30 PM - montage and goodbyes - recorded by Ron Gerber on Maxell XLII-90 cassette with Dolby C NR; pitch corrected; played on Tascam deck at KFAI, September 2002; splice with about a minute left to portion recorded by Mike M; about one minute of dead air at end

6:30-7 PM - dead air - you don't really need to hear a half hour of silence; Mike M actually recorded the silence and I can confirm that literally nothing happened.

7-7:30 - Began period of music without jocks; recorded by Mike M from Mankato, MN on Maxell UDS-I 90 cassette with Dolby C NR, pitch corrected, played on Technics RS-DC8 Digital Compact Cassette Deck, August 2013

last half hour - not clear how long they aired music without jocks, but this was the end - recorded by Mike L from Bloomington, MN; supplied to RG on CD-R; no pitch correction required

This was a labor of love to assemble, since this station meant so much to so many in the Twin Cities. Feel free to download or stream what you like, and if you share it, please give proper credit to Ron Gerber of the KFAI-FM/Minneapolis radio show "Crap From The Past", Mike L from Bloomington, MN, and Mike M from Mankato, MN.

Reviews

Reviewer: Argyle D'Chauffer - - March 18, 2014
Subject: Radio The Way It Should Be Done
This is one of the last great Top 40 stations, captured at the end of an era.

While I never heard the station back in the day, other great stations just like it existed in nearly every major market, throughout The United States.

Shortly after WLOL closed up shop for good, ClearChannel bought up everything in sight, and the industry went straight into the toilet!

There are many great memories here, Pams of Dallas jingles (done WLS style), great hits (and a few near misses) of the 80's which most CD compilers seem to have forgotten and radio personalities who were actually passionate about the music they played.

If you never heard a good Top 40 Station (with a little bit of everything mixed in), or you miss the old days, this makes for great listening on an iPod (or whatever MP3 player you might own). Also fun to listen to while driving. Almost like radio, in real time.

Thanks Ron and all of the others who taped these segments.

Thankfully, everything ended up in the right hands, and we can all share in the joy of listening to 10 hours of (nearly) unscoped Top 40 fun!
Reviewer: Desslok - - April 16, 2008
Subject: Great stuff
While I didnt have a WLOL in the seattle neck of the woods (the closest I got was KUBE which was ok but nothing super special), I can at least live vicariously through you. I weep, for it sounds like a damn fine station!

Thanks Ron!
Reviewer: crusiera - - March 24, 2007
Subject: Amazing radio
This is when commercial radio was actually good. WLOL played some great music and they actually cared about their output unlike these stations with "music that moves." I mean, when stations sign off, they never put a whole days worth of goodbyes and songs they played long ago. Thanks Ron for posting all this on here
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